Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Island of Brunsee.

Sven and his party have finally reached the land of Pul and landed on the shores of the Island of Brunsee, in the distance they can see the ruins of an old castle or temple.

 


 They hurry forward, but not without incident, Leofric leads the way, an arrow nocked and ready, but he fails to see a large serpent hidden at the edges of the marsh.





He goes down screaming, racked with spasms of agony, then lies still.
The serpent disappears back into the marsh and Sven has difficulty keeping his men moving.
A rustling in the marsh brings them to a halt, as a herd of Wild boar rush across their path.



 Movement behind the marsh catches their attention, they halt again, It is Ragnar, how did he get here?






All Svens efforts to keep his men moving are in vain, he has to harry them forward.

Ragnar has no such problems and his men race across the grass, to reach the ruin.



Some are detached to keep Sven away whilst the rest attack the defenders.
The women beat off attack after attack, and Ragnar seeing the best of his men fall wounded, sends a small group around to attack from the rear.
  Svens' party is still embroiled with the boars, two men have been gored and one driven into the marsh.





Finally Sven gets his men moving forward, they reach a gap between the rocks to be assault by Ragnars archers to the front and a pack of wolves to their flank.









They manage to drive off the wolves and advance towards the tower, where Ragnars' men are still struggling to overcome the defenders.




Attacked from both sides the second defender falls and the lone survivor is driven off into the woods







Sven drives the wolves towards the enemy and hurls his men forward.






But they are driven back.






As the Skald enters the ruins he tells the raiders that they are looking for a Grecian urn.
 Whats a Grecian urn? mumbles Cedric, about 4 marks replies his brother.

The skald shakes his head in wonder, Fighters they may be, but Thinkers?

 As they search in the corners and under piles of rubble the Skald spots it resting on a ruined plinth in front of the statue.






A successful day for Ragnar and a poor one for Sven,

 The two parties, battered and bloody make their way  back to their ships.















Leaving the Valkyrie to gather the slain and lead them to Valhalla.







This lead to a discussion on Norse Mythology, with my young assistant who wanted to know

"Why haven't those ladies have any clothes on Grandad?"










The story pauses as we paint the Teddy Bear pirates for "Adventures in Eclectica"

Monday, 13 February 2017

Lost scrolls The Saga of Eric Redbeard.



Ragnars Homestead.






Ragnar Brown Eyes has learnt of Sven's search and his intention to sail to the Isles of Per Beck.
Hoping to steal a march on his rival he calls for his men to join him and sets about equipping his ship for the journey, supplies are gathered and loading commences whilst he waits for two other ships to join him.

   But other eyes are watching the preparations.





Sven has learnt of the preparations and sent scouts to discover the state of Ragnars ships.
They report that supplies for a long voyage of probably more than one ship have been gathered and loading has commenced, He decides to strike and waiting till the midday meal, when few men are left on guard he prepares his forces.



 Whilst the sentries on the headland are busily scanning the horizon for the forces that are expected to join them that day, a large hunting party has been sent out to gather food for the great feast planned for the evening.





Svens men move down to the boat and piled provisions, ready to destroy everything.





Two of the ship guards fall to the advancing archers as Sven and his men sweep down on their unsuspecting foe.






A shepherd spots the enemy and the alarm is sounded.





Ragnar is the first from the hall, to see Eric, the sole remaining Boatguard facing the enemy horde, whilst old Hagar the shepherd holds the palisade.




Svens men reach the piled stores and immediately smoke rises as they commence the destruction.
But Ragnars men are pouring from the houses and forming up to see off the attackers, if Eric can just hold on the ship could be saved.





 Eric continues to defend the longship, three of the foe go down beneath his spear, his tale will be sung in the great hall tonight.
  Hagar has fallen and Svens men start dumping stores into the sea.








The slaughter of the livestock begins, as more of Svens men storm the longship, Eric fights on attacked from all sides, he is helpless to stop the ship being fired.





 Eric falls as the ship catches light and drifts away from the shore, some of Svens men are still aboard and are forced to swim for it to avoid a true viking funeral.



The shield walls meet, Svens men have the advantage and force back the defenders.


Everything is ablaze and Sven gives the signal to fall back, His men break off the attack and head back to their own ship moored a few miles down the coast.



Whilst the rearguard holds off Ragnars men, the bulk of the attackers retreat.




The Rearguard break away, leaving Ragnar to call his men to salvage what they can.

Svens forces halt at the rise and survey the results of their raid, a good days work Ragnar will be unable to follow to the Isle of Brun See and the temple of the Phoenicians.

A horn is heard in the distance, and as the hunting party returns, Sven leads the rest of his men away to the ship.







The sentries on the headland can only watch as their lords longship drifts past on fire and sinking.
Ragnar will not be pleased.









Sunday, 5 February 2017

Offa's Ford

Sven is  searching for plunder, and is worried about his flank. Scouts report a ford ahead. Advance parties are sent to secure the ford by Offas' farm, but as they come in sight they find Ragnars' men already in position.
There are only a few men, so Sven decides to seize the ford quickly and then leave a small party behind defences to secure his flank.
His men rush forward, ignoring the hail of missiles.
And swiftly destroy them. Ragnar falls, but lies ignored amongst the reeds.
Sven stands back as his men gain the opposite bank. and form a shield wall, as more of Ragnars men appear.
The two sides clash and Svens men get the worst of it.
More of Ragnars forces appear, Sven begins to worry.
But as his own reinforcements arrive his troops break the opposing shield wall, and Ragnars men flee in disorder.
As the light begins to go, Sven holds the ford and decides to make camp for the night. He has wounded to attend to, before continuing his raid.
Ragnar, badly bruised but only lightly wounded, crawls from the reeds and makes his escape
He will get his revenge.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Lady Hilda's hearthguard ...

After the battle at Piggesforde, Lady Hilda had returned to Wuduceastre.  In order to provide more fighting power she decides on 'arming up' her hearthguard.

Lady Hilda and some of the women watch as the newly equipped female warriors practice....
[ new items: female warriors - 6 valkyries from ShadowForge; 5 assorted females (Captain Bill's, Hinchcliffe medievals); 4 male warriors from Steve Barber miniatures.]

Saturday, 3 September 2016

The Battle at Piggesford ...

The saxon fyrd approach the river Wendsum,  the largest group are sent on to block the ford, while a small group crosses downstream, a couple of men have taken control of the small islet....
The saxons have reached the ford, the vikings approach ....
a little skirmishing starts ...
The vikings form up, preparing to attack across the ford, while the saxons position the rest of their troops, placing some men into their left flank in the pig pens and in the wood ...
The vikings cross the ford and attack the saxons, meanwhile the saxons attack the viking left flank guard ....
The saxons have held the viking attack, but have been pushed back; more vikings cross the ford while some of them also slowly wade across the deeper river upstream of the ford ....
The vikings are across the river and into the woods while the fighting at the ford continues ....
The saxon troops fall back from the ford after losing many men ..
The vikings surge forward again ....fighting in and around the pig pens is fierce ....
the unit of fyrd which had held the ford breaks and runs, the vikings form a shield wall ..
The vikings have won the battle for the pig pens and attack the rear of the nearest saxons; the rest of the fyrd are unsteady but they hold their ground...
The rest of the vikings charge forward ........
the saxons left flank fails completely and the vikings move on to attack the saxon centre ...
The viking attack is repulsed, but the saxons fall back; the rest of the fyrd is in disarray....
Only Lady Hilda and her female hearthguard remain intact - they retire some distance from the enemy trying to rally the fyrd to the standard.  The vikings continue their march back to their ships.